Celebrating 90 Years

Pop Up Breadlines

October 12 — 14, 2022

Seattle area locations

Beginning Wednesday, October 12, a bright red van will distribute freshly-baked bread throughout Seattle. The “Loaves of Love” bread-mobile will commemorate the 90th anniversary of Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission which provides a wide range of services for Seattle’s homeless community.

The bread will be distributed by volunteers free-of-charge, with donations welcomed to further the Mission’s vital community programs. The sharing of bread brings the Mission back to its genesis in 1932 with a borrowed soup kettle to feed those affected by the Great Depression. “We’re celebrating thousands of changed lives during the past 90 years,” says Scott Chin, President of Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission “and we’re so thankful that what started as a line for soup and bread has become a path out of homelessness. We want everyone to know that no matter their circumstances, that they are loved by God, and by us.”

The Mission addresses root causes and breaks the cycle of homelessness by meeting urgent physical needs, building relationships, and offering long-term recovery programs. Many Mission initiatives help with urgent needs such as their outreach team that searches for those who are homeless and hurting throughout the greater Seattle area, a mobile shower unit, and dental clinic while the Mission’s long-term recovery programs help individuals build a foundation for a new life.

The multi-day activation will see one of the Mission’s vans transformed into a ‘Loaves of Love’ bread-mobile, which will stop at some of Seattle’s most recognizable locations between 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm from Wednesday, October 12 through Friday, October 14. Locations include Pike Place Market, Redmond Town Center, and Kent Station.

Read more about the Mission's history here.


Do you have questions about our Pop Up Breadlines? Get in touch with Ashley — acarver@ugm.org.

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